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Unformatted text preview: to think dialectically. To understand how society works we have to realize that there are often present conflicting and contradictory concepts. We had to learn to conceive of the world in "both/and" rather than "either/or" terms. In your other classes you might have encountered this in terms of "structure" vs. "agency." Some theories try to privilege one or the other. Other theories -- ones with a dialectical logic -- allow that society may best be viewed in terms of BOTH structure AND agency and that these have a reciprocal and mutually implicative relationship. In Durkheim we are going to encounter another cognitive "move" that will, at first, seem unnatural. This technique of thinking is summarized by his famous dictum "treat social facts as things." Our first task will be to come to an appreciation of what Durkheim means by "social fact"and "the social."...
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